Africa’s first ever railway academy in Ethiopia is set to be constructed in a bid to provide needed manpower for the immense railway projects in the country. The project construction is a partnership between Ethiopia and the Chinese government.
The US$ 38m railway academy in Ethiopia will be timely and resourceful as Ethiopia is currently planning to undertake big railway projects to be constructed during the Second GTP period.
Economic Affairs Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr. Arkebe Equbay confirmed the reports and said that funds were acquired from the Government of China.
According to Dr. Equbay, the railway lines that are yet to be built at the beginning of this GTP period are the Mojo-Hawassa railway line, the railway line that links Tadjourah Port with Bahir Dar Town via Asaita-Weldiya and the Sebeta-Addis Ababa-Jimma and Bedele, and Hawassa-Shashamane-Arbaminch lines.
Bids are invited by the Ethiopian Government to interested contractors for the mega railway line projects.
Ethiopia has so far been sending students to get training aboard, and the railway academy would save a lot of money and empower citizens, it will also serve as a center for other African countries.
The country is busy building roads and railways with Chinese help and when Premier Li Keqiang visited the country in May, he said China and several African countries planned to set up the Africa China Railway Academy in Ethiopia.